Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) is an artist who has been a motivational figure for me since I studied Fine Arts. What he did was ground breaking. It was inspirational. Now, having been lucky enough to have seen his retrospective at the Tate Modern, I see that his work was far more extensive and far reaching than I remember. What is striking is the curiosity, imagination and variety of his endless experiments — his sense of humour — his outlook on life and art.
9th February – 29th May 2017
Helen and I set off for a day in London combining a meet up with friends for lunch and finishing up at Tate Britain for the new David Hockney: 60 Years of Work.
On Christmas Eve we got off a coach in the seaside town of Cadaquez, beside a statue of none other than one of Catalonia’s most famous sons, Salvador Dali. A twenty-minute walk later, through the back streets, having followed signs with a curly moustache to Casa Dali, we arrived in the pretty fishing village of Portlligat. Down by the seashore were several white cottages, one of which had been Dali and his wife Gala’s home.
Pierre Bonnard 1867 – 1947 – Post Impressionist and founder of the avant-garde group of artists known as Les Nabis.
When I visit my daughter Tracey, who lives in Bar sur Loup, near Grasse in the South of France, if I am very lucky, we will go to see an exhibition at one of the many musees in the area.